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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Samoan Mission President & Temple President Dies
(Charles Ivan Sampson)
Salt Lake Tribune 13Jul00 P2

PROVO, UTAH -- Former LDS mission president and temple president Charles Ivan Sampson died July 11th. Sampson served as president of the Samoan Mission in the late 1950s and later served as the first president of the Apia Samoa Temple.

Sampson was born in Delta, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah after serving an LDS mission in Samoa from 1927 to 1930. He served in World War II, retiring as a Lieutenatn Coronel in the US Army Air Corp. He then worked in the insurance business for Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York in both Utah and California. He was called to serve as president of the Samoan Mission, which then included Fiji and the Cook Islands in 1957, serving until July 1961.

When the LDS Church built the Apia Samoa Temple in 1983, Sampson was called as its first President, serving until 1986. Sampson also was a bishop, high councilman and high priest, and as the sealing supervisor in the Provo Temple for 11 years.


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